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will export more. the u.s. will be the first to benefit from that. from china, india, indonesia, and so on. that is not the end of the story. a task even graver remains. to enhance japan's productivity. women should be given much greater opportunities. the mostly aged population should be able to give their money to the younger generation with similar tax burdens, which is exactly what my government is now doing. before conclusion, let me make a few words on china. and then define how i view the u.s.-japan relationship. history and international law both attest the japan sovereign territory. between 1895 and 1971, no challenge was made by anyone against japanese sovereignty. we simply cannot tolerate any challenge now and in the future. no nation should make any miscalculation about the permanence of our resolve. no one should ever doubt the robustness of the japan-u.s. alliance. at the same time, i have absolutely no intention for escalation. my government is investing more into the people oppose the exchange's between japan and china. for me, japan's relations with china stand out as amo
how china will surpass us. he said that in the florida senate in 2011 and how we need each other. but that's diplomacy comest you can get a bit of a pass. senator hagel, key was had by the executive commission on china, but talk solely about development issues. rule of law and economic growth is fine. but that's not the job he's getting. he said absolutely nothing about the rise of china. he's also said absolutely nothing about he has had the defense department is going to do with the rise of china in an era of budget cuts to the defense department he supports. it's very troubling, fred has a great way of putting this consensus reality that in a sense it doesn't matter. so did not do the job better and you can take that for granted. japan for the first time in a decade has not just her and run defense budget, modestly $1.6 billion increase. it would be nice to see it continue, but everyone watches very carefully to see the leading indicator, which is us and what we're willing to do. taiwan is a country rushing to the exit to make sure nothing comes between it and china and theref
in the last 10 years. >> there talking about u.s. response to a potential cyber attacks from china. earl is on the phone from maryland, independent line. >> i think this problem is not going to be resolved for the simple reason -- i used to tell my children that what you accept is what you teach. americans do the same thing to iran and now want to say the reason why they do it is because of good reasons while others do it for bad reasons. good and bad is relative. because they do it for different reasons other than you, you never look at the principle of what you are doing. a lie is a lie in a matter what good reason you tell a lie for. they learn have to be deceitful like you. guest: the u.s. government is allegedly behind the seven attack in iran that destroyed several thousand nuclear centrifuges a year -- centrifuges a couple years ago. we spy on other governments. we spy on other countries create but we are not using the nsa to spy on chinese businesses. other countries are going to look at our astronauts. -- at our espionage. >> from twitter -- and this op-ed from the commentary se
balance almost $30 billion, at $29.5 billion. for the second year in a row, china is our major export destination. since two thousand five, exports to china have been growing by 25% annually -- since 2005, exports to china have been growing by 25% annually. no surprise, it is dominated by soybeans and cotton. they have accounted, in recent years, as much as 3/4 of trade to china. if you look at the minor, but still large other exports, for things like coarse grains, corn , feeds and funders, distiller dried grains, or red beets -- red meats, those are showing impressive growth figures as well. in terms of overall exports, values are up for most of the commodity categories. these are exports on a fiscal year basis. you can see that up for most of these categories, with the exception being corn. these are price-driven events. we see volumes up for some categories. for most of the individual commodity categories, we are seeing lower volume. the drought is having some effect. for most commodities, that is being offset by higher prices, whose values are up. the big difference, obviously, i
.s. coming up at 6:30 p.m. eastern live on c-span2. >> the communism of china is communism in name only these days. it is to preserve the power of the members of the communist party. they have basically thrown out most ideologies aside and it has now become a capitalist haven. communism now in china, they talked about marxism, leninism, but it's all about preserving their power economically. they threw aside most benefits of communism in a long time ago. in north korea, it is all about preserving the power of the military and the kim dynasty, as you have. it has nothing to do with what karl marx envisioned as communism. someone could do fascinating books on when communism moved into asia merged into something different in vietnam, cambodia, laos. then the communism in the eastern european countries, it is a fascinating split. >> former correspondent for ", washington "" keith richburg on 40 years of reporting and in sites around the world sunday at 8:00 on "q&a." >> congress is out this week, but today president obama record as a president -- congressional republicans to accept more tax
's different? we have seen an enormous increase in the u.s. trade deficit, especially with countries like china. today, they happened to release a report that looked at the effect of currency manipulation, perhaps the single most important factor and explain the growth of our trade deficit. eliminating the trade deficit or eliminating currency manipulation could reduce the trade as a by roughly $190-$490 billion. doing this would increase manufacturing employment by up to 1 million jobs. that's a big downpayments in the whole we have created in manufacturing and employment. one thing we need to do is create demand. that is what we did do but we did not do that in the last decade. we need to shift the demand to domestic produced goods resulting in the hiring of domestic workers. manufacturing jobs are amongst the best for workers especially for those without a college degree. high wages, good benefits. >> bruce, you worked in washington, d.c., and brookings is right off dupont. >> i am mostly on a plane. >> industrial policy is a dirty word. if you go to any other domestic place, it will land yo
wonder if america's greatest technologicallyal achievements are behind us and if other nations like china and india will soon surpass us or perhaps already have. some nations are creating environments so attractive to global manufacturers that companies have relocated much of their activities on foreign soil. our global trade imbalance is growing as we export less and import more. and today this imbalance includes many high-backed products. other nations are changing their policies to become more competitive and so should we. fortunately blazing trails into new frontiers is what america has always done best. to set the stange for this congress and to -- stage for this congress and to understand where america's heading, we have very knowledgeable witnesses testifying before us today. each of them thoroughly ppedses both public and private research and development efforts as well as where our global competitors are headed. members of this committee have the opportunity to work together on policies that will help america stay competitive and today's hearing is a first step. that concludes my
that it will consider fines and other trade actions against china or any other country guilty of cyber espionage. we will continue to follow that story and bring you any remarks that may come out from administration officials today. the supreme court is expected to hear arguments in late march in two prominent cases that could test the bounds of laws restricting gay marriage. authors of "recently released book some day marriage recently debated the issue at harvard university. it is and about how to by the federalist society at harvard. this is one hour. >> thank you. richard fallon is the junior professor of constitutional law at harvard law school. he also earned a ba degree from oxford university, where he was a rhodes scholar. he served as a law clerk to justices of the united states supreme court and has written extensively about constitutional and federal courts law. he is the author of several books. we are very grateful for him for participating. andrew koppelman is the john paul stevens professor of law at northwestern university. he received his bachelor's from the university of chicago an
. extra communism of china is communism in name only and these days and it basically preserved the power of the countries, but they through the ideology aside. communism in china talks about marxism, etc., but it is all about preserving the country's power economically as the country continues to grow because they threw aside most the stages of communism a long time ago. in north korea, it is all about preserving the power of the military and the dynasty that you have there, and it has nothing to do with what karl marx envisioned. somebody could do a fascinating book on how one communism diverged into asia was something different than what appeared in europe and the eastern european countries. >> former washington post correspondent and harvard fellow keith richburg on 30 years of reporting and insight from around the world sunday on c-span's "q&a." >> if blockades are the strategy of the north states, the principal strategy is economic aid. if you caught a emerging ship, the idea was to put a prize crew on board, take it to a be adjudicated, sell it at cost and actual auction, and you g
that would put on them in terms of trade as, we're trying to hold china down. now that we've got to the top, were trying to hamstring the more tied them up with a not of rules -- them or tie them up with a not of rules -- knot of rules. >> tonight at eight o'clock on c-span's q&a. >> next, secretary of state john kerry delivers his first speech about challenges in us foreign policy. the calls on congress to avoid the automatic spending cuts that could jeopardize more than $2 billion in foreign aid, security assistance, and international programs. this is just under an hour. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you so much. hello, uva. it is great to be back on the grounds. i want to say to president sullivan what a treat it is to be here with you. thank you for hosting this great occasion. to my friend robert hurt, served with him in state government and now we travel to washington together. i look forward to good work together, especially if on this occasion to introduce secretary kerry and to introduce uva to the secretary. as i walked onto the stage i had a memory. on this stage with
and in china and a lot of different places. we are a global company. i will never apologize for that. there is a competitive structure today that works for the united states. it is based on fox emily -- oximetry to market, high skilled workforce around materials and the ability to innovate. >> high skilles is a key thing. are not this benefits the american worker is a huge question. 20 years ago when people thought of going to work in a plant as manufacturing, is the factory job of today different from the factory job of dirty years today -- ago? >> i hope so. it is similar in some ways and different in some way. if you work for ge, and you assemble jet engines. you go to a factory in north carolina. it has maybe 400 production workers and one manager. you do all lead manufacturing. you do all continuous process flow. the teams drive the productivity. you have power teams on the floor. you have sophisticated materials, titanium coming together that is being assembled by people that are working in teaming structures. that is different. in some ways it is the same. in some ways, to spo
. it is someone in china hacking their way into a company and stealing any information that company has that is of a value or into a research lab. this is a pandemic. it is a quiet pandemic. billions of dollars, $300 billion, it would cost the united states in lost research and development. that means lost jobs. you cannot be an american company in compete against a chinese company it all the money you pay for research and development if they get for nothing. they get all of it for nothing. whether it is taxpayer money or stockholder money that pays for it, they wait until it is done and they steal it and use it to compete against us. the third issue is cyber war. it does not happen that much. it has been demonstrated that it could happen. instead of blowing something up with a bomb or missile, you blow it up with a cyber command. it is not science fiction. it has been demonstrated. the united states did it to iran, blowing up 800 nuclear centrifuges with a cyber command instead of dropping a bomb overhead. we also demonstrated you can do it two electrical generators. you can do it to p
at large or china somehow swallowing up every bit of innovation that exists in the world. there are no longer worried about our economy being overwhelmed beyond our shores. there is very little doubt in any circles about america's ability to be in a position to lead the world in the 24th century. -- 21st century. the american people are ready to get up as a civil-rights leader. the american people are tired of being tired. they're ready to get up and move. we are in a good position to lead the world. that is why i think they're so frustrated by what they see and what they don't see here in washington. their frustration is turning into anger. i doubt an interesting dynamic. whether it was a democrat for governor republican -- governor i heard from several of you how do you deal with this? how do you deal with the congress. no distinguished about how you deal with this. you deal with legislatures that are split. you represent a minority party. you get on very well. the accomplish things and are state. that is the way it used to work. there are a number of things we have to
are growing rapidly from lower incomes. and china or brazil or india, they may have on percent growth, but that is at a lower level of wealth and income than we are used to in the united states and western europe. it is a tough global economy. we have heard that from exporters. the fact that the european economy is in a bad state means you are selling less stuff. host: here is a recap on the headlines -- people are still spending. guest: they are. we can bring up a chart. we have a chart about consumers bending. -- consumer spending. they are ingesting -- spending increased 1.9% in 2012. consumer spending has been practically picking up and motor vehicles. people are starting to buy new cars again. we also are seeing in the real estate market some pickup in new home construction, which have been stagnant for about six years since the real estate crash back in 2006. we really are seeing consumers feeling like making cash spending their money again. that these into the full economy. consumer spending is a large part of gross domestic product. host: we hear about the current condition of
the trick. >> back to the trade secrets report coming out. how much is that going into china? >> again, i think we need to separate reports yesterday about hacking and i addressed this yesterday and i think i made clear that in regards to china, that the united states and china are the largest cyber actors. it is vital to sustain a meaningful dialogue. we repeatedly and we'll continue to raise our concerns at the highest level about cyber threat with chinese cyber officials, including in the military. on trade secrets again i would refer you to the roll out later today of the o.m.b.'s officer will be releasing to mitt investigator the theft of u.s. trade secrets. more details will be coming, i don't really have them. >> does the administration favor fines or retaliation for countries that are engaged in this? >> again, i think that is a broad question that would have to be addressed by the experts on this issue. >> crorgs court cases, g.m. and others have been victims of detective inaudible] -- what does the administration want to do as result of this reporter? >> i would urge you to seek
at the edwards air force place and china lake naval air space station in my district. he enabled many scientific breakthroughs. when nasa was created in 1968, dr. dryden was chosen to be the first deputy administrator, focusing on the programs that sent our astronauts to the moon. h.r. 667 would memorialize both men by redesignating the dryden flight research center as the neil armstrong flight research center and naming the center test range as the hugh l. dryden aeronautic test range. china lake and nasa flight research center in eastern kern county remain a hub in space exploration. i look forward to many groundbreaking achievements of the men and women who were inspired by dr. hugh dryden. this is a fitting tribute to armstrong and dryden and i urge my colleagues to celebrate the remarkable lives of both men. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from maryland is recognized. ms. edwards: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, h.r. 667 has been offered to redesig
on the island dispute between china and japan. recently the japanese government has revealed that the chinese vessel had locked its targeting radar on the japanese navy and i want to hear your opinion how serious the issue is and what kind of position the united states is willing to take? >> well, we've -- i just was in that part of the world within the last few months and had the chance to go to japan and visit with my counterparts in japan. and discuss their concerns. and then went on to china. to talk with them about the concerns as well. i mean, i believe that -- i mean, especially the islands and the disute over that, that territorial dispute, is one that concerns us a great deal. because it's the kind of situation where there are territorial claims that could ultimately get out of hand and one country or the other could react in a way that could create an even greater crisis. and so we urged obviously both the japanese and the chinese to exercise good judgment here and to try to work with each other to try to resolve these issues peacefully. we are, you know, in the pacific, this is a b
are trying to hold china down. we operate in a world without rules for use. not that we have gotten to the top, we're trying to hamstring them or tie them up to hold china down. >> 34 years of reporting and insights from around the world. sunday at 8:00 on cue and a. >> the supreme court ruled that drug dogs alert is sufficient probable cause to legally justify a search of somebody's vehicle. the decision is expected later this year. here is the oral argument expected this week under one hour. >>>> for it again, your honor. >> for it again. >> the florida supreme court answered that question by erecting what we think is an extraordinary set of evidentiary requirements that, in effect, puts the dog on trial in any suppression hearing in which defendant chooses to challenge the reliability of the dog. i think, most fundamentally, the problem with the court of appeals' -- the supreme court's decision -- is that it misconceives what this court's cases conceive of the probable cause requirement, converting probable cause, which this court has referred to as a substantial chance, or fair
billion in exports by 2020, losing 738,000 job. a lot of people around here spend time whining about china. china invests 9% of its economy in infrastructure investment. we invest less than 3%. stop whining about china and doing? about it. it's time to night build here at home, right here in america, and congress should listen. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise to congratulate my hometown, the city of gainesville, georgia, for its leadership in creating and sustaining jobs despite the economic challenges fatesing our nation. gainesville was ranked as the best performing city in georgia last year. they found 1,200 jobs in 742 retained existing jobs creating and generating $164 million in capital investment for gainesville and hall county. this puts gainesville in the top 10 of small cities for job growth in the u.s. mr. collins: gainesville was ranked sixth in job growth nation
, and the other half is public, and half of that is china. the tipping point comes when the people who have loaned us the money -- one people -- one of the presidential candidates said forget the money. that is a great idea except for the people that loaned you the money. you are addicted to debt, you have proven that, and people that have a dysfunctional government, and we will prove that again when we go to a sequester. at that point they will say we l want more money for our money, and at that point inflation will pick up, interest rates will go up, and the guy did get screwed the most is the little guy, the middle class that everybody babbles about day and night is the guy that is going to get hammered. the money guys will always take care of themselves. what an irony to listen to the distortion, the emotion, the stuff that goes on. we just keep plowing ahead. it is fun for me to irritate the aarp and grover norquist in equal measure. it makes your life worthwhile. they are out there, saying we will be savaged. anything we do, we will be savaged. >> senator simpson, when was the last time you
, including china, to help them with their environmental problems at a time when we have to borrow money from china to meet our obligations. and then as mr. jones mentioned earlier, in afghanistan we're spending $28 million a day. so i think it would be beneficial to the american people to prepare an annual declaration of the national debt to be made available to the congress and the public. this would show the american people how much we owed last year, how much we owe this year and what the projected debt is for the future. i will tell you that we have over -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. whitfield: well, my time has expired. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, for five minutes. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, tonight the president will once again walk into this chamber and lay out a vision for how to strengthen america in the years ahead. properly, part of that vision will include the need to solve our deficit challenge and address the looming sequester. that dangerous set of auto
like china? or what about bankrolling tax tv? the i.r.s. spends $4 million of our tax dollars every year to run its very own full-service television studio. instead of raising taxes, let's get serious about cutting waste. the house has acted to replace the sequester with commonsense cuts and reforms. it's time to see a serious plan from the president. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, it's a beautiful day back in my hometown of olympia, washington. of course it's raining cats and dogs, but that's what passes for beauty in our corner of the world. it's a beautiful day at the national wildlife refuge near olympia and it's a beautiful day at mount rain ear national park which you can see from mie my neighborhood. but, mr. speaker, if we -- see from my neighborhood. but, mr. speaker, if we don't replace sequestration, i'm worried about how many more beautiful days there are ahead. if we don't replace sequestration, then some of the $7 -- 7.5 million
the lights are on. where the lights are off, mongolia, parts of china, and unfortunately my state of alaska, this is not such a prosperous area. how we utilize this basic premise of energy being good and move from there, that is a part of how we want to launch this discussion. contained within this, again, are five fairly simple propositions. we need to move to an energy policy that is abundant, affordable, clean, diverse, and secure. when you look at energy in that context, it really does help to give you some parameters and guidelines on moving forward. so, as you go through this proposal, think about it in the context in which i am offering it. not legislation. i know the first question is going to be -- when will we see the first bill here? you will see legislation moving forward based on the debates and the dialogue on some pretty meaty issues. whether it is how we vance revenue sharing to the state, whether it is how we put in place and export policy that is not only good for jobs but helps consumers keep prices low, at the same time working on our own balance of trade that is so incr
, i call on china and russia to work instructively with other members of the security council to show the world that the world is united in opposing north korea's unacceptable behavior. i recently traveled to asia with chairman royce, and this is one of the key issues we discussed with senior chinese leaders. china must do more. they are the one that is can rein in north korea. they must do so. they must do so immediately. the north korean regime must understand that the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons will never make it as strong and prosperous nation. instead of wasting millions of dollars on these weapons of mass destruction, it should focus on feeding its own impoverished people. i have visited north korea, the capitol, pyongyang on two occasions and i can tell you the north korean regime would do better to help its own people, give them the things they deserve rather than spend its time and money on exploding nuclear devices in violation of what the international community believes. and the new, young dictator of north korea must understand that the united s
concern, the cyber security and defense operations. china and america have had issues recently. , what do youse think about these important topics? >> would you like to take a couple? right to the front here. just get the microphone behind you. >> this is defense oriented, also. we represent a number of financial services companies that have gone into india, but the defense companies have a problem. they have to hire someone in office before they can even do anything. if you could ease that barrier, i think the u.s. defense companies will explore the market, at least, more frequently. >> and we will take one more right here. >> thank you for that excellent and wide-ranging presentation. i come from brussels that the one part of your speech that was related to economic and trade relations -- i would say the tone of your discussion would be more positive than it was an hour here in washington. india is engaged in deep discussions in the european union and the next few months will be quite critical given the political calendars. and given the fact that you will be trying over the next few ye
done a quantitative easing in effect, japan has done it, the bank of china has done it we have done it, that the competitive ratio or the competitive net competitive differences might divert away and we see this in terms of trade protectionism, in terms of the international markets? >> first, senator, you make a good point. the fed is not at all extraordinary. in terms of balance sheets and long-term interest rates we are similar to a lot of other countries. as i was saying before, we don't view monetary policy aimed at domestic goals as being a currency war. it's not like putting tariffs on imports to beggar thy neighbor for the benefits of your domestic industries. all the major economies need support provide stimulus and extra aggregate demand, that's mutually beneficial. china depends on the strength of europe and u.s. as their export market. we, too, depend on other countries as a market for our goods. so this is a positive sum gain, not zero sum gain. >> there was some concern at the last g-20 meeting in terms of this target of the yen being at 110 instead of 78 like it was 90 da
to produce a budget that sets priorities. they're just going to keep borrowing money from china and sending the bill to our kids and our grandkids and then the president wants to come and demand that congress give them another -- him another credit card. we absolutely have to pay off the debts of the past but when the president says not only pay those debts off but give another credit card so he can spend more money, but he doesn't lay out plan of how he's going to spend that money and by the way, whatever he produces never, ever balances. is it too much just to ask the president when is your budget going to finally get to balance? if it's not next year, if it's not 10 years from now, if it's not 20 years from now, at least put that transparency out there in public. he said he was going to be the most transparent president ever and when it comes time actually deliver, to produce and to show something to the american people , he always wants to blame somebody else. we have to stop living crisis to crisis. and one of the ways you stop this crisis of the moment is to finally produce a plan. la
to order additional pieces of presidential china that would be used for state dinners as well. we had supplements made of the fdr service and the wilson service to fill out those services, because they had been depleted by breakage and so forth over the years. in the year 2000 when the white house historical association offered to fund a new state service, we work closely with mrs. clinton in deciding about the colors, the designs that would go on the service, how those particular colors would looked in the various settings in the state dining room are the east room. i do remember mrs. clinton's mother was living in the house at the time. she would come to some of these little meetings about showing samples from the porcelain factory. none of them seem to be satisfactory. she said of in the bathroom of my suite is a beautiful yellow color. she said i think we should try that yellow color. so we got a sample of the wallpaper and sent it off to lennox, and they did some samples, and it worked out beautifully. i think that was mrs. rodham's legacy in terms of state dinners. [laughter] lo
to a vendor to get a part, my costs will increase. my competitor works in china. my competitor build a similar part for almost a third of what i am an american. you will take away the factory workers who manufacture my parts. this is all usa jobs. last point. instead of raising the minimum wage, lower the price of gas. back to two bucks a gallon and you won't have to worry about the minimum wage. i appreciate the opportunity. thank you so much. host: how would an economist pre-minimum wage respond to that caller? guest: you are raising the cost of that worker to that business. on the other hand, that worker will have more money to spend. as a business owner, you can make more profits. you can pass the cost to people who are buying your goods by raising prices. i think that is a little bit of what you got tat. raising the minimum wage has an effect on the economy. the question -- if there is a chance it would raise unemployment or perhaps put a business in the red. host: michelle, tacoma, washington. democratic caller. caller: i just realized our state is one of the higher states with minimum
around minnesota visiting 30 different businesses, saw warehouses full of crates that said ship to china and saw in our state where we are down to 5.5 unemployment. what we are seeing with this private sector job growth which is based on exports in our state as well as a skilled work force. these are positive signs but there is more to be done. there are still more than 1 million americans out of work and there is no question we have much more work to do. our focus needs to be on policies that create job creation in the short term while laying ground for prosperity in the long term. if we've learned anything over the last few years, thates america can no longer be a country that churns money. our financial industry is important but it can't be the basis of our economy. we need to make things and export to the world which we need to work to bring our country back to the brass tacks of invasion ond entrepreneurship. i come from a state, i will try not to mention my state too much if you don't mention texas too much. but my state brought the world everything from the peacemaker to the post
to do places in china, america is getting more competitive and more productive. after shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have now added about 500,000 jobs over the past three years. [applause] >> and i mentioned this last night. catter pillar, which i know you guys supply, they are bringing jobs back from japan. ford is bringing jobs back from mexico. intel is opening its most advanced plant here in the united states. apple is starting to make macs in america again. [applause] >> we are seeing this trend of what we call insourcing and not just outsourcing. america has outstanding workers and we are starting to produce more home-grown energy, which is driving down our energy costs and we have the biggest market in the world. and if we try to improve our infrastructure a little bit more, then we are going to be that more competitive. i want to be honest with you, we aren't go to go bring back every job that has been lost to automation in the last decade. i was talking to some of the guys showing me their facilities who had been in manufacturing for 20 years and th
from closed markets like japan, like china, and even our own automotive industry hits the skids because we as a nation were not really meeting the needs of advanced engineering and energy efficiency in those companies. and we had to refinance them. these centers the president's talking about and he'll have to send out more details, but it's a way of leap frogging technologies in order to move into a 21st century manufacturing age, inside the borders of this country, not by outsourcing. so i am very anxious to see the details on that and i'm glad that the president selected the departments of defense and energy because those are two that i have particular responsibility for here. host: congresswoman kaptur is also part of the manufacturing caucus up on capitol hill and the automotive caucus as well. isaac in tampa, florida. democratic caller, you're next. hi, isaac, you're on the air. caller: ok. hi. i have a question and a comment. it's my own belief the republicans create a war in iraq. which continues. [inaudible] so my question is, can we create a -- [inaudible] to avoid another miss
china has done in the united nations, they have wielded their veto power and made it difficult for us to slap sanctions on iran, to help prevent iran from having a nuclear weapon. they have not been good players. and so i've seen russian democracy slide backwards. as long as putin is there, and it's really a shame because i think the russian people really want democracy. and i think putin is trying to be like the old communist leaders that we all remember, khrushchev and breff nevada, trying to rule with an iron fist, and i think it's a shame because it really strangles russian democracy. we see less and less freedoms for its people. it's really a shame. so we need to be engaged with them. they are an important country, but we shouldn't have blinders on either. host: we must do better, another tweet. the nonsense surrounding the hagel nomination has made a mockery of our democratic principles. thanks, g.o.p. although you in the house have nothing to do with this nomination. what are your thoughts about senator hagel being defense secretary? guest: well, i think if you start a preceden
grants to foreign countries, including china, at the expense of $100 million over the last decade? why does the i.r.s. need a tv studio that costs $4 million a year? and why are we paying senior citizens to play video games so we can study the impact on their brains? now, i understand these three examples don't equal $85 billion of sequester cuts, but these are just three examples of the waste and this is crazy. washington must do better because the american people deserve better. they deserve a federal government focused on balancing its budget, reducing its spending, paying off its debt, honoring its commitments to seniors and making sure our younger generations can actually live the american dream. mr. president, let's stop the square tactics and let's get to work. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. thank you very much. mr. westmoreland: i want to thank the gentleman for participating. next i want to introduce another one of our bright young freshmen, mr. valadao from california, the 21st district, a dairy farmer, the son of portuguese immigrants that has come here, h
that's happening with our competitors. in singapore, in south korea, in china, in india. as the president talked about in his state of the union we want to invest much more in education. we want a lot more children having a chance to have high quality early childhood experience. we want to make sure we can drive up graduation rates and make sure high school is relevant and drive down dropout rates and make sure our young people are college and career ready. the president's 2020 goal to lead the world in college graduation rates, to do that we need to make sure folks have access and college is affordable. so for us to be thinking about taking steps backwards in all of these areas, because folks in washington can't get their act together and a level of dysfunction in congress, it's unimaginable to me. i can't tell you how troubling that is to me and frankly how angry it makes me feel. as a nation we're starting, you know, economy's coming back a little bit. in my world, graduation rates are up a little bit. but again we're nowhere near where we need to be. we need to be bu
keith richburg. >> keith richburg, what is the first thing you tell people about china? >> the first thing i tell people when they ask me about china, france coming over, people i meet who are not familiar with meet who are not familiar with it, is there is no one china.
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